US20030129979A1 - Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system - Google Patents

Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20030129979A1
US20030129979A1 US10043695 US4369502A US2003129979A1 US 20030129979 A1 US20030129979 A1 US 20030129979A1 US 10043695 US10043695 US 10043695 US 4369502 A US4369502 A US 4369502A US 2003129979 A1 US2003129979 A1 US 2003129979A1
Authority
US
Grant status
Application
Patent type
Prior art keywords
system
wireless communications
avoidance
list
unusable
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Granted
Application number
US10043695
Other versions
US7962135B2 (en )
Inventor
Rotem Cooper
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Qualcomm Inc
Original Assignee
Qualcomm Inc
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date

Links

Images

Classifications

    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04WWIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
    • H04W48/00Access restriction; Network selection; Access point selection
    • H04W48/18Selecting a network or a communication service
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04WWIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
    • H04W60/00Registration, e.g. affiliation to network; De-registration, e.g. terminating affiliation
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04WWIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
    • H04W74/00Wireless channel access, e.g. scheduled or random access

Abstract

A mobile station is adapted to avoid unusable wireless communications systems during system acquisition. The mobile station includes processing circuitry and a memory storing a preferred roaming list and system avoidance data. The system avoidance data identifies unusable systems and includes corresponding avoidance criteria. The processing circuitry is adapted to select a system from the preferred roaming list in accordance with a predetermined system acquisition procedure. The selected system is skipped if corresponding avoidance criteria is satisfied. If the selected system is usable, the mobile station may attempt to acquire and register with the selected system. The processing circuitry is further adapted to add systems to the system avoidance data in response to a communications failure, and remove systems from the system avoidance data when corresponding avoidance criteria is no longer satisfied. The avoidance criteria may include a time period during which the corresponding system is unusable.

Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention [0001]
  • The present invention relates generally to wireless communications and, in particular, to a method and apparatus for efficiently selecting and acquiring a preferred wireless communications system. [0002]
  • 2. Description of the Related Art [0003]
  • A mobile device will often have access to more than one wireless communications system in its geographic region. The quality of the wireless services available to the mobile device may vary from system to system depending on the equipment used by each system, the features of the mobile device, the distance between the mobile device and local base stations, physical obstructions such as buildings and hills, and the volume of communications traffic on each system. The wireless communications systems may also support different multiple-access wireless communications protocols such as code division multiple access (CDMA), wideband CDMA (WCDMA), Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS), Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) or High Data Rate (HDR) technology (e.g., 1xEV technology). In addition, the fees charged to a user of the mobile device may vary depending on the time of day, the duration of the connection with the wireless communications system and whether the mobile device is listed as a subscriber of the wireless communications system. [0004]
  • To assist with the selection of a desirable wireless communications system, conventional mobile devices store data describing known systems in a preferred roaming list (PRL). The PRL typically includes a systems table which stores a system identifier (SID) and a network identifier (NID) for each known wireless communications system, and an acquisition table which stores acquisition parameters including band, frequency and mode, for the known wireless communications systems. Within the systems table, the wireless communications systems may be grouped by geographic region and sorted from the most desirable to the least desirable system in each region. The most desirable system in a particular geographic region is typically a subscriber system, but may also be a roaming system that offers the mobile device a favorable combination of low cost and high quality of service. Roaming systems offer wireless services to non-subscriber mobile devices, usually at a much higher fee than subscription services, and may be desirable when the mobile device enters a geographic region that is outside the coverage area of the mobile device's subscription service, when the subscription services are blocked or otherwise unavailable, or when the subscription services are only available at an unacceptably low level of quality. [0005]
  • During a mobile device's power-up sequence, attempts are made to acquire and register with the most desirable wireless communications system that is available to the mobile device in its current geographic region. In one approach, the mobile device identifies its current geographic region and then steps through the entries in the systems table, from the most desirable system in the identified geographic region to the least desirable system in the identified geographic region, until a system acquisition and registration attempt is successful. The mobile device may also attempt to acquire and register with a new wireless communications system during operation. For example, the connection between the mobile device and a current wireless communications system may be lost, requiring the acquisition of a new system by the mobile device. In addition, the wireless communications systems that are available to the mobile device may change as the position of the mobile device and its surrounding environment changes. To provide the user of the mobile device with the best combination of high quality and low cost, many mobile devices periodically attempt to acquire and register with a wireless communications system that is more desirable than the current wireless communications system used by the mobile device. The mobile device typically searches the systems table for wireless communications systems in its geographic region that are more desirable than the current system used by the mobile device. If more desirable systems are found in the systems table, the mobile device will switch away from the current communications channel and attempt to acquire and register with one of the more desirable systems. [0006]
  • A system acquisition sequence, such as the system acquisition sequences described above, will often include a series of failed attempts to acquire a signal and register with the corresponding wireless communications system, followed by a single successful system acquisition and registration. These failed registration/acquisition attempts are common, time consuming (e.g., each failed attempt may take up to 20 seconds) and may be caused by a variety of factors. For example, the mobile device may be unable to detect a pilot signal transmitted from a system base station if the pilot signal is blocked or weakened by physical obstructions, or if the mobile device is outside the base station's coverage area. Registration with the system may fail if the mobile device and the system use incompatible protocol revisions and hardware, or if system otherwise rejects the registration attempt of the mobile device. [0007]
  • In view of the above, there is a need in the art for a method and apparatus for efficiently selecting and acquiring a wireless communications system. [0008]
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention is a method and apparatus for efficiently selecting and acquiring a wireless communications system. In a preferred embodiment, a mobile station is adapted to avoid unusable wireless communications systems during system acquisition. The mobile station includes processing circuitry and a memory storing a preferred roaming list and system avoidance data. The system avoidance data identifies unusable systems and includes corresponding avoidance criteria. The processing circuitry is preferably adapted to select a system from the preferred roaming list in accordance with a predetermined system acquisition procedure. The selected system is skipped if corresponding avoidance criteria is satisfied. If the selected system is usable, the mobile station may attempt to acquire and register with the selected system. The processing circuitry is further adapted to add systems to the system avoidance data in response to a communications failure, and remove systems from the system avoidance data when corresponding avoidance criteria is no longer satisfied. [0009]
  • The mobile station preferably includes processing circuitry, a memory, a communications transceiver and an antenna. The processing circuitry includes a control processor for controlling the operation of the mobile station, a signal processor, a searcher, a system determination unit and a clock. The memory stores a preferred roaming list (PRL) that includes a list of wireless communications systems that are used by the mobile station during attempts to acquire and register with a wireless communications system. The PRL preferably includes a systems table that stores a list of system identifiers and corresponding desirability and geographic information, and an acquisition table that stores a list of acquisition parameters that are necessary for the acquisition of the wireless communications systems listed in the systems table. In a preferred embodiment, the PRL is maintained by an external source, such as the mobile station's wireless service provider. [0010]
  • The processing circuitry is adapted to create and maintain a list of unusable systems that is stored in the memory and includes a plurality of system identifiers and corresponding avoidance criterion. Each system identifier identifies one or more wireless communications systems and may include a SID/NID combination, a frequency or other identifier. A wireless communications system is considered unusable if it is identified by a system identifier in the list of unusable systems and the corresponding avoidance criterion is satisfied. The processing circuitry is also adapted to detect a communications failure with a currently selected wireless communications system and add a record to the list of unusable systems including an identifier of the failed system and corresponding avoidance criterion that is based on the detected communications failure. [0011]
  • In a preferred embodiment, the avoidance criterion includes an avoidance time that is equal to a current time plus an avoidance duration. The avoidance duration may be found in a lookup table that includes an entry for each of a plurality of communications failures and corresponding avoidance durations. When a system acquisition/registration attempt fails, the mobile station identifies the cause of the failure and locates the corresponding avoidance duration in the lookup table. The corresponding avoidance duration is then added to a current time to produce an avoidance time for the failed system. The avoidance time identifies a time period during which the corresponding wireless communications system is unusable. After the avoidance time expires, the system becomes usable and may be removed from the list of unusable systems. [0012]
  • In operation, the mobile station attempts to acquire a wireless communications system in accordance with a predetermined system acquisition procedure. As each system is selected from the PRL, the mobile station searches for the selected system in the list of unusable systems and, if found, analyzes the corresponding avoidance criterion to determine whether the selected system is unusable. If the selected system is unusable, it will be avoided by the mobile station and the next system is selected from the PRL in accordance with the predetermined system acquisition procedure. If a usable system is selected, an attempt is made to acquire the signal and register with the selected system. After a successful system acquisition/registration, the mobile station may use the system for future wireless communications services. If the acquisition/registration attempt is unsuccessful, then the selected wireless communications system is added to the list of unusable systems along with corresponding avoidance criterion. [0013]
  • A more complete understanding of the Method and Apparatus for Efficient Selection and Acquisition of a Wireless Communications Systems will be afforded to those skilled in the art, as well as a realization of additional advantages and objects thereof, by a consideration of the following detailed description of preferred embodiments. Reference will be made to the appended sheets of drawings, which will first be described briefly.[0014]
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The features, objects, and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the detailed description set forth below when taken in conjunction with the drawings in which like reference characters identify correspondingly throughout and wherein: [0015]
  • FIG. 1 illustrates a preferred embodiment of the present invention; [0016]
  • FIG. 2 is a mobile station in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention; [0017]
  • FIG. 3[0018] a is a systems table in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 3[0019] b is an acquisition table in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 3[0020] c is an avoidance data table in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 3[0021] d illustrates an alternative embodiment of an avoidance data table;
  • FIG. 4 is a flow diagram illustrating a preferred system acquisition procedure; and [0022]
  • FIG. 5 illustrates an avoidance duration lookup table in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention.[0023]
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF A PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • A preferred embodiment of the present invention is illustrated in FIGS. [0024] 1-5. Referring to FIG. 1, a mobile station 2 operates in a geographic region 4 that is serviced by at least one base station 6. Each base station 6 is connected to a network 8, which is part of a larger wireless communications system that supports at least one multiple-access wireless communications protocol, such as code division multiple access (CDMA), wideband CDMA (WCDMA), Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS), Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) or High Data Rate (HDR) technology (e.g., 1xEV technology). The mobile station 2 may be any wireless device, whether stationary or mobile, that is adapted for wireless communications with at least one base station 6, such as a cellular telephone, pager, personal digital assistant (PDA), vehicle navigation system or portable computer.
  • The mobile station [0025] 2 preferably includes a preferred roaming list (PRL) 10 and system avoidance data 12. The PRL 10 is stored in a nonvolatile memory of the mobile station 2 and includes a list of wireless communications systems and corresponding acquisition parameters that are used by the mobile station 2 during attempts to acquire and register with a wireless communications system. In a preferred embodiment, the PRL 10 is updated by the mobile station's wireless service provider and includes a list of wireless communications systems that are available to the mobile station 2 through its wireless service provider or other wireless service providers that have agreed to provide roaming services to the mobile station 2. The system avoidance data 12 is maintained by the mobile station 2 and includes a list of wireless communications systems and corresponding avoidance criterion. In a preferred embodiment, each wireless communications system listed in the avoidance data 12 is unusable and will be avoided by the mobile station 2 as long as the corresponding avoidance criterion is satisfied.
  • In operation, the mobile station [0026] 2 attempts to acquire a wireless communications system in accordance with a predetermined system acquisition procedure. The system acquisition procedure preferably includes selecting wireless communications systems in an order of desirability in the mobile station's current geographic region 4 from the PRL 10. As each system is selected, the mobile station 2 searches for the selected system in the avoidance data 12 and, if found, analyzes the corresponding avoidance criterion to determine whether the selected system is unusable. If the selected system is unusable, it will be avoided by the mobile station 2 and the next system is selected from the PRL 10 in accordance with the system acquisition procedure. If a usable system is selected, an attempt is made to acquire a corresponding signal and register with the selected system. After a successful acquisition/registration, the mobile station 2 may use the selected system for future wireless communications services. If the acquisition/registration attempt is unsuccessful, then the selected wireless communications system is added to the avoidance data 12 along with corresponding avoidance criterion.
  • Referring to FIG. 2, a preferred embodiment of the mobile station [0027] 2 will now be described. The mobile station 2 includes processing circuitry 80, a memory 82, a communications transceiver 84 and an antenna 86. The processing circuitry 80 preferably includes a control processor 90 for controlling the operation of the mobile station 2, a signal processor 92, a searcher 94, a system determination unit 96 and a clock 98. The memory 82 preferably includes both volatile and nonvolatile random access memories that store a preferred roaming list, including a systems table 100 and an acquisition table 102, and avoidance data 104. The memory 82 may also store one or more lookup tables 106.
  • The searcher [0028] 94 is adapted to identify valid signals, such as pilot signals, synchronization channels and paging channels received by the transceiver 84 through the antenna 86. The design and implementation of searcher hardware for CDMA acquisition is described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,109,390, entitled “DIVERSITY RECEIVER IN A CDMA CELLULAR TELEPHONE SYSTEM,” assigned to the assignee of the present invention, and is incorporated herein by reference. The system determination unit 96 is adapted to select one or more wireless communications systems from the systems table 100 and retrieve corresponding acquisition parameters from the acquisition table 102. The system determination unit 96 is further adapted to forward the acquisition parameters to the searcher 94, which attempts to acquire one the selected systems. In an alternative embodiment, the system determination unit 96 determines whether the current wireless communications system is the most desirable system in the mobile device's current geographic region and, when more desirable systems are available, initiates attempts by the mobile station 2 to acquire a more desirable system. A method and apparatus for performing preferred system selection in a mobile station that is capable of operation in a plurality of geographic regions is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,085,085, entitled “METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING PREFERRED SYSTEM SELECTION,” assigned to assignee, and is incorporated herein by reference.
  • Referring to FIGS. 2 and 3[0029] a, a preferred embodiment of the systems table 100 will now be described. The systems table 100 includes a list of wireless communications systems that the mobile station 2 uses during attempts to acquire and register with a wireless communications system. As illustrated, each record in the systems table 100 preferably includes a system identifier (SID), a network identifier (NID), an indication of whether the system is preferred or negative (P/N), an identifier of the geographic region (Region) and a pointer (AT Pointer) to a record in the acquisition table 102. Each wireless communications system listed in the systems table 100 is identified through a unique SID/NID pair and is designated as either a preferred system that may be used by the module device 2 during roaming, or a negative system that should not be used by the mobile device 2 during roaming. In alternative embodiments, the wireless communications systems listed in the systems table 100 may be identified using other system identifiers, such as an Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6) address or a Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) identifier. The wireless communications systems are preferably grouped by geographic region and stored in the systems table 100 in sorted order from the most desirable system to the least desirable system in each region. The desirability of each system may be determined using criteria such as the cost of using the system, the quality of the communications service offered by the system, protocol used by the system, support for unique features and whether the mobile station 2 is a subscriber of the wireless communications system. In alternative embodiments, the systems table 100 may include other information such as a desirability rating (e.g., a numerical score) for each system and acquisition parameters.
  • Referring to FIG. 3[0030] b, a preferred embodiment of the acquisition table 102 will now be described. The acquisition table 102 includes a list of parameters that are necessary for the acquisition of the wireless communications systems listed in the systems table 100. As illustrated, each record in the acquisition table 102 preferably includes a mode, a band and a frequency. It will be appreciated, however, that other system acquisition parameters may be used. The systems table 100 and the acquisition table 102 are preferably stored in a nonvolatile memory and updated periodically by an external source, such as the mobile station's wireless service provider, through downloads across a wireless connection or through another data transfer method.
  • A preferred embodiment of the avoidance data [0031] 104 will now be described with reference to FIGS. 2 and 3c. The avoidance data 104 is stored as a table in either a volatile or nonvolatile memory of the mobile station 2. Each entry in the avoidance data 104 includes an identifier of one or more wireless communications systems, such as a unique SID/NID pair or a frequency, and corresponding avoidance criterion, such as an Avoidance_Time. In a preferred embodiment, the Avoidance_Time is the time, as measured by clock 98, after which it is permissible to attempt acquisition of the corresponding wireless communications systems. In a first alternative embodiment, illustrated in FIG. 3d, each entry in an avoidance data table 106 includes a mode, band and frequency to be avoided during future system acquisition attempts, and an Avoidance_Time that defines a time period during which the mode, band and frequency should be avoided. In a second alternative embodiment, the avoidance data may include historical information, such as an identification of the most recent acquisition/registration failure for each wireless communications system.
  • A preferred system acquisition sequence for the mobile station [0032] 2 will now be described with reference to FIG. 2 and the flow diagram of FIG. 4. The illustrated system acquisition sequence is preferably performed by the processing circuitry 80 before an attempt is made to acquire and register with a wireless communications system. In Step 150, the mobile station 2 selects a system from the systems table 100 in accordance with a predetermined system acquisition sequence. In a preferred embodiment, the most desirable system in the mobile station's current geographic region is selected from the preferred roaming list. In Step 160, the mobile station 2 searches for the selected system in the avoidance data 104 and, if found, analyzes the corresponding avoidance criterion to determine whether the selected system is unusable. In a preferred embodiment, the avoidance criterion includes an Avoidance_Time, which is compared to a current time as measured by clock 98. If the Avoidance_Time is greater than the current time then the selected system is unusable and should be avoided, and control returns to Step 150 where the next most desirable system is selected from the preferred roaming list.
  • If the selected system is not found in the avoidance data [0033] 104, or if the selected system is found in the avoidance data 104 and the Avoidance_Time is less than the current time, then the selected system is usable and control passes to Step 170. In a preferred embodiment, the processing circuitry 80 removes usable systems from the avoidance data 104. In Step 170, an attempt is made to acquire and register with the selected system. If the system acquisition/registration attempt is successful (Step 180), the mobile station 2 uses the selected system for future wireless communications services. If the acquisition/registration attempt is unsuccessful then the selected system is added to the avoidance data 104 along with a corresponding Avoidance_Time, in Step 190. The Avoidance_Time is preferably calculated by adding an Avoidance_Duration to a current time as measured by clock 98. After the avoidance data 104 is updated, control returns to Step 150 where the next most desirable system is selected from the preferred roaming list.
  • In a preferred embodiment, the value of the Avoidance_Duration used to calculate the Avoidance_Time is obtained from a lookup table, such as an avoidance duration lookup table [0034] 200 illustrated in FIG. 5. The lookup table 200 includes an entry for each of a plurality of communications failures, such as the identified system acquisition and registration failures listed in entries 202-214, and each entry includes a corresponding Avoidance_Duration. When a system acquisition/registration attempt fails, the mobile station 2 identifies the cause of the failure and locates the corresponding Avoidance_Duration in the lookup table 200. In a preferred embodiment, the cause of the failure is identified by determining the point at which the acquisition/registration procedure failed. The corresponding Avoidance_Duration is then added to a current time to produce an Avoidance_Time for the failed system. In alternative embodiments, the Avoidance_Duration may be a predetermined constant or function that is applied to each new entry in the avoidance data 104.
  • The avoidance duration lookup table [0035] 200 preferably includes a record that corresponds to each system acquisition/registration failure that is detectable by the mobile station 2. For example, an attempt to acquire/register with a selected CDMA system will fail if the mobile station 2 is unable to acquire the system's pilot signal (record 202), synchronization channel (record 204) or paging channel (record 206). Even if the mobile device 2 is able to acquire the necessary signals, registration may be rejected by the selected system (record 208). In addition, attempts to access the selected system may fail due to an access denial, an access time out, maximum access probes transmitted or an unsupported channel assignment. The mobile device 2 may experience frequent signal fading (record 210) or otherwise determine that a received signal quality is inadequate. An acquisition/registration attempt may also fail if the mobile station 2 and the selected system use incompatible protocol revisions and hardware (record 212). Communications failures can also occur after the mobile station 2 acquires and registers with a selected system. For example, the mobile station 2 may receive an invalid redirection message (record 214) on a paging channel.
  • Having thus described a preferred embodiment of the Method and Apparatus for Efficient Selection and Acquisition of a Wireless Communications System, it should be apparent to those skilled in the art that certain advantages of the within described system have been achieved. It should also be appreciated that various modifications, adaptations, and alternative embodiments thereof may be made within the scope and spirit of the present invention. For example, it is contemplated that the mobile station [0036] 2 may override the avoidance data 104 and attempt to acquire an unusable system.
  • The scope of the present invention is defined by the following claims. [0037]

Claims (21)

    What is claimed:
  1. 1. In a mobile station including a preferred roaming list, a system acquisition procedure comprising the steps of:
    maintaining a list of unusable wireless communications systems, each entry in the list of unusable wireless communications systems including a system identifier and corresponding avoidance criterion;
    selecting a wireless communications system from the preferred roaming list in accordance with a predetermined system acquisition sequence and repeating the step of selecting until a usable system is selected; and
    attempting to acquire and register with the selected wireless communications system,
    wherein the selected wireless communications system is unusable if the list of unusable wireless communications systems includes a corresponding system identifier and the corresponding avoidance criterion is satisfied.
  2. 2. The method of claim 1 wherein each system identifier identifies at least one wireless communications system.
  3. 3. The method of claim 2 wherein each wireless system identifier includes a frequency.
  4. 4. The method of claim 1 wherein each wireless system identifier includes a SID/NID pair that uniquely identifies a wireless communications system.
  5. 5. The method of claim 1 wherein the step of maintaining comprises the steps of:
    detecting a communications failure with a wireless communications system; and
    adding a new entry to the list of unusable wireless communications systems, the new entry including an identifier of the failed wireless communications system and corresponding avoidance criterion.
  6. 6. The method of claim 5 wherein the step of maintaining further comprises the steps of:
    assigning an avoidance duration to the detected system failure; and
    calculating an avoidance time before which the failed wireless communications system is unusable, the avoidance time equal to a current time plus the avoidance duration,
    wherein the avoidance criterion includes the avoidance time.
  7. 7. The method of claim 6 wherein the avoidance criterion is satisfied if the stored avoidance time is greater than the current time.
  8. 8. The method of claim 7 wherein the step of assigning an avoidance duration comprises the steps of:
    maintaining a list of detectable wireless communications failures, each detectable wireless communications failure having a corresponding avoidance duration;
    locating the detected system failure in the list of wireless communications failures; and
    using the corresponding avoidance duration in the step of calculating.
  9. 9. The method of claim 8 wherein the step of detecting includes the step of detecting failed attempts to acquire and register with the selected wireless communications system.
  10. 10. The method of claim 9 wherein the steps of selecting and attempting are repeated until the mobile device successfully acquires and registers with the selected wireless communication.
  11. 11. The method of claim 1 wherein the wireless communications systems are selected from the preferred systems list in a predetermined order of desirability.
  12. 12. In a mobile station, a method for marking wireless communications systems as unusable comprising the steps of:
    maintaining a list of unusable wireless communications systems, each entry in the list of unusable wireless communications systems including a system identifier and corresponding avoidance criterion;
    detecting a communications failure associated with a currently selected wireless communications system; and
    adding a record to the stored list of unusable systems, the added record including an identifier of the currently selected wireless communications system and corresponding avoidance criterion based on the detected communications failure, wherein the currently selected wireless communications system is unusable while the corresponding avoidance criterion is satisfied.
  13. 13. The method of claim 12 wherein each system identifier is associated with at least one wireless communications system.
  14. 14. The method of claim 12 wherein the step of adding comprises the steps of:
    assigning an avoidance duration to the detected communications failure;
    calculating an avoidance time before which the failed wireless communications system is unusable, wherein the avoidance time is equal to a current time plus the avoidance duration; and
    storing the avoidance time as the corresponding avoidance criterion.
  15. 15. The method of claim 14 wherein the step of assigning an avoidance duration comprises the step of:
    maintaining a list of identified wireless communications failures, each wireless communications failure having a corresponding avoidance duration;
    locating the detected system failure in the list of wireless communications failures; and
    using the corresponding avoidance duration in the step of calculating.
  16. 16. The method of claim 15 wherein at least two avoidance durations stored in the list of identified wireless communications failures have different values.
  17. 17. A mobile station comprising:
    a memory storing a preferred roaming list, the preferred roaming list including a first plurality of system identifiers and corresponding acquisition parameters; and
    processing circuitry adapted to create and maintain a list of unusable systems, the list of unusable systems being stored in the memory and including a second plurality of system identifiers and corresponding avoidance criterion,
    wherein a wireless communications system is unusable if it is identified by a system identifier in the list of unusable systems and the corresponding avoidance criterion is satisfied.
  18. 18. The mobile station of claim 17 wherein the processing circuitry comprises:
    a system determination unit adapted to select wireless communications systems from the preferred roaming list in accordance with a predetermined system acquisition procedure and attempt to acquire selected wireless communications systems that are usable.
  19. 19. The mobile station of claim 18 wherein the processing circuitry is further adapted to detect communications failures with selected wireless communications systems, and in response to a detected communications failure, add an entry to the list of unusable systems, the entry including a system identifier for the selected wireless communications system and an avoidance time, the avoidance time indicating a duration during which the selected wireless communications system is unusable.
  20. 20. The mobile station of claim 19 further including a clock, wherein the memory further includes a list of communications failures, each communications failure having a corresponding avoidance duration, and
    wherein the avoidance time equals a current time as measured by the clock plus the avoidance duration for the corresponding communications failure.
  21. 21. The mobile station of claim 20 wherein the processing circuitry is further adapted to delete an entry from the list of unusable communications systems when the corresponding avoidance time is less than the current time.
US10043695 2002-01-10 2002-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system Active 2024-02-03 US7962135B2 (en)

Priority Applications (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US10043695 US7962135B2 (en) 2002-01-10 2002-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system

Applications Claiming Priority (16)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US10043695 US7962135B2 (en) 2002-01-10 2002-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system
PCT/US2003/000697 WO2003061327A1 (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system
CA 2472719 CA2472719A1 (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system
RU2004124251A RU2313196C2 (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and device for efficient selection and acquisition of wireless communication system
JP2003561283T JP2006504286A (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and capture of the wireless communication system
EP20030705714 EP1464201A1 (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system
AU2003207505A AU2003207505A1 (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system
CN 03804044 CN1633823B (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system
KR20047010739A KR20040068618A (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system
BR0306816A BR0306816A (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 method and apparatus for efficient selection and purchase of a wireless communications system
MXPA04006719A MXPA04006719A (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system.
IL16280903A IL162809D0 (en) 2002-01-10 2003-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system
IL16280904A IL162809A (en) 2002-01-10 2004-07-01 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system
NO20043306A NO20043306A (en) 2002-01-10 2004-08-09 Effective selection and retrieval of a system for communicating
RU2007126318A RU2007126318A (en) 2002-01-10 2007-07-10 The process and apparatus efficiently selecting and capturing a wireless communication system
JP2009184462A JP2010016843A (en) 2002-01-10 2009-08-07 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of wireless communications system

Publications (2)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20030129979A1 true true US20030129979A1 (en) 2003-07-10
US7962135B2 US7962135B2 (en) 2011-06-14

Family

ID=21928412

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US10043695 Active 2024-02-03 US7962135B2 (en) 2002-01-10 2002-01-10 Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of a wireless communications system

Country Status (8)

Country Link
US (1) US7962135B2 (en)
EP (1) EP1464201A1 (en)
JP (2) JP2006504286A (en)
KR (1) KR20040068618A (en)
CN (1) CN1633823B (en)
CA (1) CA2472719A1 (en)
RU (2) RU2313196C2 (en)
WO (1) WO2003061327A1 (en)

Cited By (22)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20040198350A1 (en) * 2002-10-10 2004-10-07 Naveen Aerrabotu Preferred roaming list and roaming indicator provision and synchronization
US20050010680A1 (en) * 2003-06-18 2005-01-13 Zick Donald A. Enhanced shared secret provisioning protocol
US20060104211A1 (en) * 2002-11-04 2006-05-18 Islam Khaledul Muhammad Method and apparatus for packet data service discovery
US20060189336A1 (en) * 2005-02-21 2006-08-24 Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. Multimode access control method and multimode mobile station
DE102005027244A1 (en) * 2005-06-13 2006-12-14 Infineon Technologies Ag Mobile radio-communication device registration method for e.g. car, involves determining whether registration criterion is fulfilled when device is arranged in supply area, and starting registration procedure when criterion is fulfilled
US20060286978A1 (en) * 2002-08-05 2006-12-21 Jiang John Y J Method and system for cellular network traffic redirection
US20070004408A1 (en) * 2005-07-01 2007-01-04 Research In Motion Limited System and method for managing forbidden network lists on a wireless user equipment (UE) device
US20070049269A1 (en) * 2003-03-24 2007-03-01 Shai Ophir Dialing services via SIM toolkit
WO2007081123A1 (en) * 2006-01-09 2007-07-19 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Method and system for selecting a visited network to be used by a user equipment in a wireless communication system
US7447506B1 (en) * 2002-03-29 2008-11-04 Good Technology, Inc. Apparatus and method for reducing network congestion
US7489928B2 (en) * 2002-12-31 2009-02-10 Smith Brian K Adaptive RF link failure handler
US20090059845A1 (en) * 2007-08-03 2009-03-05 Qualcomm Incorporated Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of systems utilizing ofdm or sc-fdm
US20090109896A1 (en) * 2007-10-31 2009-04-30 Qualcomm Incorporated Session establishment in multi-carrier data transmission systems
US20090253432A1 (en) * 2008-02-15 2009-10-08 Research In Motion Limited System and Method for Generating a Blacklist for Femtocells
EP2134125A2 (en) 2008-06-09 2009-12-16 NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Mobile communication terminal and mobile communication control method
US20100203888A1 (en) * 2003-11-12 2010-08-12 Research In Motion Limited Data-Capable Network Prioritization With Reject Code Handling
US20100234026A1 (en) * 2009-03-13 2010-09-16 Qualcomm Incorporated Resource search in a communication network
EP2241130A1 (en) * 2008-02-08 2010-10-20 Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) Method and user equipment in a communication network
WO2012034588A1 (en) 2010-09-14 2012-03-22 Nokia Siemens Networks Oy Cell degradation detection
US20130223605A1 (en) * 2012-02-24 2013-08-29 Verizon Patent And Licensing Inc. Avoiding failed routes
WO2013184417A1 (en) * 2012-06-08 2013-12-12 Apple Inc. Automatically modifying blacklisting policies for wireless networks having|connectivity problems based on activity indicators of a wireless device
US9210591B2 (en) 2012-03-12 2015-12-08 Starhome Gmbh System and method for steering of roaming

Families Citing this family (14)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
KR100608809B1 (en) 2004-07-02 2006-08-08 엘지전자 주식회사 A method and a apparatus of enhanced location registration time for mobile phone
JP4588616B2 (en) * 2005-11-24 2010-12-01 京セラ株式会社 Wireless communication terminal and the radio base station selection method
US8437288B2 (en) 2006-03-07 2013-05-07 Qualcomm Incorporated Network selection by wireless terminals
US8731622B2 (en) * 2008-05-23 2014-05-20 Qualcomm Incorporated Method and apparatus for system acquisition while maintaining a defined battery life span
US8200217B2 (en) 2008-05-23 2012-06-12 Qualcomm Incorporated Method and apparatus for channel scanning that improves acquisition probability and power consumption
US9288747B2 (en) * 2008-11-03 2016-03-15 Ramachandran Subramanian Switching wireless network selection modes in conjunction with selection of a wireless cell set
US8924535B2 (en) * 2008-12-23 2014-12-30 Qualcomm Incorporated Maintaining closed subscriber group information for access control
US8131283B1 (en) * 2009-02-27 2012-03-06 Sprint Communications Company L.P. Controlling mobile device roaming in association with monitoring an active event duration
US8429371B2 (en) * 2010-03-23 2013-04-23 Avaya Inc. System and method for robust and efficient free chain management
RU2015105196A3 (en) * 2010-04-28 2018-10-26
US8811291B2 (en) * 2012-05-30 2014-08-19 Qualcomm Incorporated Methods and devices for optimized cell acquisitions
KR101654258B1 (en) * 2012-06-15 2016-09-05 노키아 솔루션스 앤드 네트웍스 오와이 Dynamic control of network selection
CN102769896B (en) * 2012-07-30 2015-07-22 天翼电信终端有限公司 Geographical position identification method of mobile terminal
US20150215849A1 (en) * 2014-01-24 2015-07-30 Qualcomm Incorporated Systems and methods for accelerated network acquisition

Citations (25)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5109390A (en) * 1989-11-07 1992-04-28 Qualcomm Incorporated Diversity receiver in a cdma cellular telephone system
US5442806A (en) * 1993-06-08 1995-08-15 Oki Telecom Preferred carrier selection method for selecting any available cellular carrier frequency when neither home nor preferred cellular carrier frequencies are available
US5734980A (en) * 1995-01-31 1998-03-31 Ericsson Inc. Preferred system selection techniques for mobile terminals
US5915214A (en) * 1995-02-23 1999-06-22 Reece; Richard W. Mobile communication service provider selection system
US5999816A (en) * 1997-02-18 1999-12-07 Qualcomm Incorporated Method and apparatus for performing mobile assisted hard handoff between communication systems
US6085085A (en) * 1996-03-27 2000-07-04 Qualcomm Incorporated Method and apparatus for performing preferred system selection
US6195532B1 (en) * 1996-06-28 2001-02-27 At&T Wireless Srcs. Inc. Method for categorization of multiple providers in a wireless communications service environment
US6405040B1 (en) * 1997-09-26 2002-06-11 Lucent Technologies Inc. Implementing and selecting between virtual private wireless telecommunications networks
US20020102973A1 (en) * 2001-01-29 2002-08-01 Rosenberg William Harry Intelligent roaming method for enabling a mobile station to select a preferred neutral service provider within a communication system
US6434186B2 (en) * 1998-03-27 2002-08-13 Nokia Mobile Phones Limited Priority channel search based on spectral analysis and signal recognition
US6470182B1 (en) * 1998-08-17 2002-10-22 At&T Wireless Service, Inc. Mobile station roaming in a multiple service provider area
US20020168976A1 (en) * 2001-03-16 2002-11-14 Ram Krishnan Accelerating acquisition of a preferred cellular system by a portable communication device using position location
US20020187804A1 (en) * 2001-04-27 2002-12-12 Murali Narasimha Wireless terminals and methods that can acquire a CDMA system while continuing to receive paging messages from an AMPS system
US20030013495A1 (en) * 2001-07-13 2003-01-16 Oleksy Jeffrey A. Adaptive audible alert volume control
US6549770B1 (en) * 2000-05-26 2003-04-15 Cellco Partnership Over the air programming and/or service activation
US20030087642A1 (en) * 2001-11-02 2003-05-08 General Motors Corporation Method of providing a wireless service connection for a mobile vehicle
US6564055B1 (en) * 2000-01-21 2003-05-13 Telecommunication Systems, Inc. Intelligent roaming database (IRDB) updating
US6587685B2 (en) * 2001-04-27 2003-07-01 Nokia Corporation Apparatus, and an associated method, by which to provide operation parameters to a mobile station
US6625132B1 (en) * 1997-11-13 2003-09-23 Nortel Networks Ltd Idle intersystem roaming determination and system reselection in a CDMA wireless communication system
US6625451B1 (en) * 1999-07-14 2003-09-23 Bell Atlantic Mobile, Inc. Preferred roaming list and system select feature
US6684082B1 (en) * 1999-12-22 2004-01-27 Nokia Corporation Adaptive system selection database
US6754491B2 (en) * 1992-12-22 2004-06-22 Fujitsu Limited Radio communication system searching method
US6766167B2 (en) * 1998-11-13 2004-07-20 Qualcomm, Incorporated Method and apparatus for fast and random access of variable sized records stored in a partitioned format
US6766169B2 (en) * 2001-10-30 2004-07-20 Qualcomm Incorporated Scheduling acquisition attempts of service providing systems
US6801762B1 (en) * 1999-09-29 2004-10-05 Nokia Corporation Apparatus, and associated method, for placing an emergency call in a radio communication system

Family Cites Families (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
CA2105710A1 (en) 1992-11-12 1994-05-13 Raymond Joseph Leopold Network of hierarchical communication systems and method therefor
FI104780B (en) 1997-02-28 2000-03-31 Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd The cellular radio system cells in prioritization
JP2944593B2 (en) 1997-09-26 1999-09-06 日本電気移動通信株式会社 Search method using the system id plurality registered in the radio telephone device
KR100699734B1 (en) 1998-11-02 2007-03-27 퀄컴 인코포레이티드 Idle mode handling in a hybrid gsm/cdma network
WO2000079827A1 (en) 1999-06-24 2000-12-28 Compaq Computer Corporation Method and system for providing telecommunication services across networks that use different protocols

Patent Citations (25)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5109390A (en) * 1989-11-07 1992-04-28 Qualcomm Incorporated Diversity receiver in a cdma cellular telephone system
US6754491B2 (en) * 1992-12-22 2004-06-22 Fujitsu Limited Radio communication system searching method
US5442806A (en) * 1993-06-08 1995-08-15 Oki Telecom Preferred carrier selection method for selecting any available cellular carrier frequency when neither home nor preferred cellular carrier frequencies are available
US5734980A (en) * 1995-01-31 1998-03-31 Ericsson Inc. Preferred system selection techniques for mobile terminals
US5915214A (en) * 1995-02-23 1999-06-22 Reece; Richard W. Mobile communication service provider selection system
US6085085A (en) * 1996-03-27 2000-07-04 Qualcomm Incorporated Method and apparatus for performing preferred system selection
US6195532B1 (en) * 1996-06-28 2001-02-27 At&T Wireless Srcs. Inc. Method for categorization of multiple providers in a wireless communications service environment
US5999816A (en) * 1997-02-18 1999-12-07 Qualcomm Incorporated Method and apparatus for performing mobile assisted hard handoff between communication systems
US6405040B1 (en) * 1997-09-26 2002-06-11 Lucent Technologies Inc. Implementing and selecting between virtual private wireless telecommunications networks
US6625132B1 (en) * 1997-11-13 2003-09-23 Nortel Networks Ltd Idle intersystem roaming determination and system reselection in a CDMA wireless communication system
US6434186B2 (en) * 1998-03-27 2002-08-13 Nokia Mobile Phones Limited Priority channel search based on spectral analysis and signal recognition
US6470182B1 (en) * 1998-08-17 2002-10-22 At&T Wireless Service, Inc. Mobile station roaming in a multiple service provider area
US6766167B2 (en) * 1998-11-13 2004-07-20 Qualcomm, Incorporated Method and apparatus for fast and random access of variable sized records stored in a partitioned format
US6625451B1 (en) * 1999-07-14 2003-09-23 Bell Atlantic Mobile, Inc. Preferred roaming list and system select feature
US6801762B1 (en) * 1999-09-29 2004-10-05 Nokia Corporation Apparatus, and associated method, for placing an emergency call in a radio communication system
US6684082B1 (en) * 1999-12-22 2004-01-27 Nokia Corporation Adaptive system selection database
US6564055B1 (en) * 2000-01-21 2003-05-13 Telecommunication Systems, Inc. Intelligent roaming database (IRDB) updating
US6549770B1 (en) * 2000-05-26 2003-04-15 Cellco Partnership Over the air programming and/or service activation
US20020102973A1 (en) * 2001-01-29 2002-08-01 Rosenberg William Harry Intelligent roaming method for enabling a mobile station to select a preferred neutral service provider within a communication system
US20020168976A1 (en) * 2001-03-16 2002-11-14 Ram Krishnan Accelerating acquisition of a preferred cellular system by a portable communication device using position location
US6587685B2 (en) * 2001-04-27 2003-07-01 Nokia Corporation Apparatus, and an associated method, by which to provide operation parameters to a mobile station
US20020187804A1 (en) * 2001-04-27 2002-12-12 Murali Narasimha Wireless terminals and methods that can acquire a CDMA system while continuing to receive paging messages from an AMPS system
US20030013495A1 (en) * 2001-07-13 2003-01-16 Oleksy Jeffrey A. Adaptive audible alert volume control
US6766169B2 (en) * 2001-10-30 2004-07-20 Qualcomm Incorporated Scheduling acquisition attempts of service providing systems
US20030087642A1 (en) * 2001-11-02 2003-05-08 General Motors Corporation Method of providing a wireless service connection for a mobile vehicle

Cited By (48)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US7447506B1 (en) * 2002-03-29 2008-11-04 Good Technology, Inc. Apparatus and method for reducing network congestion
US20060286978A1 (en) * 2002-08-05 2006-12-21 Jiang John Y J Method and system for cellular network traffic redirection
US7155219B2 (en) * 2002-10-10 2006-12-26 Motorola Inc. Preferred roaming list and roaming indicator provision and synchronization
US20040198350A1 (en) * 2002-10-10 2004-10-07 Naveen Aerrabotu Preferred roaming list and roaming indicator provision and synchronization
US20060104211A1 (en) * 2002-11-04 2006-05-18 Islam Khaledul Muhammad Method and apparatus for packet data service discovery
US8406151B2 (en) 2002-11-04 2013-03-26 Research In Motion Limited Method and apparatus for packet data service discovery
US20100211993A1 (en) * 2002-11-04 2010-08-19 Research In Motion Limited Method and apparatus for packet data service discovery
US7701872B2 (en) * 2002-11-04 2010-04-20 Research In Motion Limited Method and apparatus for packet data service discovery
US7489928B2 (en) * 2002-12-31 2009-02-10 Smith Brian K Adaptive RF link failure handler
US7333808B2 (en) * 2003-03-24 2008-02-19 Starhome Gmbh Apparatus and method for limiting accidental roaming activity in border areas
US20070049269A1 (en) * 2003-03-24 2007-03-01 Shai Ophir Dialing services via SIM toolkit
US20070054665A1 (en) * 2003-03-24 2007-03-08 Shany Elkarat Apparatus and method for limiting accidental roaming activity in border areas
US20090169006A1 (en) * 2003-06-18 2009-07-02 Microsoft Corporation Enhanced shared secret provisioning protocol
US7398550B2 (en) * 2003-06-18 2008-07-08 Microsoft Corporation Enhanced shared secret provisioning protocol
US7941833B2 (en) 2003-06-18 2011-05-10 Microsoft Corporation Enhanced shared secret provisioning protocol
US8036384B2 (en) 2003-06-18 2011-10-11 Microsoft Corporation Enhanced shared secret provisioning protocol
US20050010680A1 (en) * 2003-06-18 2005-01-13 Zick Donald A. Enhanced shared secret provisioning protocol
US20090319788A1 (en) * 2003-06-18 2009-12-24 Microsoft Corporation Enhanced shared secret provisioning protocol
US20100203888A1 (en) * 2003-11-12 2010-08-12 Research In Motion Limited Data-Capable Network Prioritization With Reject Code Handling
US9326227B2 (en) * 2003-11-12 2016-04-26 Blackberry Limited Data-capable network prioritization with reject code handling
US8965448B2 (en) * 2005-02-21 2015-02-24 Lenovo Innovations Limited (Hong Kong) Multimode access control method and multimode mobile station
US20060189336A1 (en) * 2005-02-21 2006-08-24 Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. Multimode access control method and multimode mobile station
DE102005027244A1 (en) * 2005-06-13 2006-12-14 Infineon Technologies Ag Mobile radio-communication device registration method for e.g. car, involves determining whether registration criterion is fulfilled when device is arranged in supply area, and starting registration procedure when criterion is fulfilled
US20070004408A1 (en) * 2005-07-01 2007-01-04 Research In Motion Limited System and method for managing forbidden network lists on a wireless user equipment (UE) device
US7826842B2 (en) * 2005-07-01 2010-11-02 Research In Motion Limited System and method for managing forbidden network lists on a wireless user equipment (UE) device
US20070184825A1 (en) * 2006-01-09 2007-08-09 Han-Na Lim Method and system for selecting a visited network to be used by a user equipment in a wireless communication system
WO2007081123A1 (en) * 2006-01-09 2007-07-19 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Method and system for selecting a visited network to be used by a user equipment in a wireless communication system
US8331286B2 (en) 2007-08-03 2012-12-11 Qualcomm Incorporated Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of systems utilizing OFDM or SC-FDM
US20090059845A1 (en) * 2007-08-03 2009-03-05 Qualcomm Incorporated Method and apparatus for efficient selection and acquisition of systems utilizing ofdm or sc-fdm
US8634354B2 (en) * 2007-10-31 2014-01-21 Qualcomm Incorporated Session establishment in multi-carrier data transmission systems
US20090109896A1 (en) * 2007-10-31 2009-04-30 Qualcomm Incorporated Session establishment in multi-carrier data transmission systems
KR101115268B1 (en) * 2007-10-31 2012-03-09 퀄컴 인코포레이티드 Session establishment in a multi-carrier data transmission system
WO2009059109A3 (en) * 2007-10-31 2009-07-09 Qualcomm Inc Session establishment in multi-carrier data transmission systems
EP2241130A4 (en) * 2008-02-08 2013-12-18 Ericsson Telefon Ab L M Method and user equipment in a communication network
EP2241130A1 (en) * 2008-02-08 2010-10-20 Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) Method and user equipment in a communication network
US20090253432A1 (en) * 2008-02-15 2009-10-08 Research In Motion Limited System and Method for Generating a Blacklist for Femtocells
US7991397B2 (en) 2008-02-15 2011-08-02 Research In Motion Limited System and method for generating a blacklist for femtocells
EP2134125A3 (en) * 2008-06-09 2013-09-04 NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Mobile communication terminal and mobile communication control method
EP2134125A2 (en) 2008-06-09 2009-12-16 NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Mobile communication terminal and mobile communication control method
US8682327B2 (en) * 2009-03-13 2014-03-25 Qualcomm Incorporated Resource search in a communication network
US20100234026A1 (en) * 2009-03-13 2010-09-16 Qualcomm Incorporated Resource search in a communication network
WO2012034588A1 (en) 2010-09-14 2012-03-22 Nokia Siemens Networks Oy Cell degradation detection
US9326169B2 (en) 2010-09-14 2016-04-26 Nokia Solutions And Networks Oy Cell degradation detection
US20130223605A1 (en) * 2012-02-24 2013-08-29 Verizon Patent And Licensing Inc. Avoiding failed routes
US8971514B2 (en) * 2012-02-24 2015-03-03 Verizon Patent And Licensing Inc. Avoiding failed routes
US9210591B2 (en) 2012-03-12 2015-12-08 Starhome Gmbh System and method for steering of roaming
US8718644B2 (en) 2012-06-08 2014-05-06 Apple Inc. Automatically modifying wireless network connection policies based on user activity levels
WO2013184417A1 (en) * 2012-06-08 2013-12-12 Apple Inc. Automatically modifying blacklisting policies for wireless networks having|connectivity problems based on activity indicators of a wireless device

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date Type
CN1633823B (en) 2010-12-08 grant
US7962135B2 (en) 2011-06-14 grant
EP1464201A1 (en) 2004-10-06 application
RU2007126318A (en) 2009-01-20 application
CA2472719A1 (en) 2003-07-24 application
CN1633823A (en) 2005-06-29 application
KR20040068618A (en) 2004-07-31 application
WO2003061327A1 (en) 2003-07-24 application
JP2006504286A (en) 2006-02-02 application
JP2010016843A (en) 2010-01-21 application
RU2313196C2 (en) 2007-12-20 grant
RU2004124251A (en) 2006-01-27 application

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US6240069B1 (en) System and method for location-based group services
US6205193B1 (en) Systems and methods for fast terminal synchronization in a wireless communication system
US6529491B1 (en) Private/residential code division multiple access wireless communication system
US6748217B1 (en) Rapid acquisition and system selection of mobile wireless devices using a system map
US7590708B2 (en) Wireless local access network system detection and selection
US6181934B1 (en) System and method for providing efficient signaling for a positioning request and an indication of when a mobile station becomes available for location services
US6148198A (en) Method and apparatus for selecting a service provider
US6490455B1 (en) Apparatus and method for detecting a mobile phone in idle state
US7089005B2 (en) Handover between a cellular system and a wireless local area network
US6185422B1 (en) Method and apparatus for transitioning between control channels in a cellular system
US6167250A (en) Network based tariff acquisition system for roaming mobile subscribers
US20050070279A1 (en) Device, system and method of selecting channels to be scanned in wireless network association
US7283507B2 (en) Apparatus, and associated method, for facilitating WLAN selection by a mobile node
US20050009521A1 (en) Obtaining service when in a no-coverage area of a communication system
US7167707B1 (en) Systems and methods for GSM selection
US6957076B2 (en) Location specific reminders for wireless mobiles
US20070093201A1 (en) Wireless local access network system detection and selection
US20020119774A1 (en) Method for PLMN selection
US20030119524A1 (en) Locating packet-switched mobile terminals using network initiated artificial cell hops
US20050090255A1 (en) Wireless access network sharing among core networks and methods
US20070191005A1 (en) Technique for using the same wireless frequency channel in overlapping or adjacent coverage areas
US20050255890A1 (en) Radio base station device setting system and method for re-setting communication configurations for radio base station device
US20040157608A1 (en) Mobile communication terminal and control unit
US20070268877A1 (en) System and Method for Facilitating Accelerated Network Selection Using a Weighted Network List
US20120309391A1 (en) Methods and apparatus for adaptive network selection

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
AS Assignment

Owner name: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED, CALIFORNIA

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:COOPER, ROTEM;REEL/FRAME:012490/0441

Effective date: 20020107

FPAY Fee payment

Year of fee payment: 4

MAFP

Free format text: PAYMENT OF MAINTENANCE FEE, 8TH YEAR, LARGE ENTITY (ORIGINAL EVENT CODE: M1552); ENTITY STATUS OF PATENT OWNER: LARGE ENTITY

Year of fee payment: 8